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Review: Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky

Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 28, 2013

In 1856, John Gibson purchased 40 acres and built a distillery along the shore of the Monongahela River in Pennsylvania. By the turn of the century, the Gibson’s Distilling Company was the largest producer of rye whisky in North America. Unfortunately, early in the new century, fate dealt the company a tragic blow, in the name of Prohibition. Consumption of legal whisky all but dried up, and Gibson’s Distilling Company went bankrupt. In 1923, the entire contents of the distillery including the stills, the aging barrels, all of the remaining spirit, (and even the grain which was on site) was sold via Sherriff’s auction to Schenley Industries of New York. Fifty years later this whisky brand, which was born on the US side of the border in Pennsylvania, was resurrected by the brand owner at the Schenley Distillery in Valleyfield, Quebec. Now, of course, it has become one of the iconic brands of Canadian Whisky.

Of course the story continued and Shenley Distillers underwent re-organization at the end of the 20th century. As part of that reorganization, the Gibson’s Finest Whisky brand was purchased by William Grant & Sons in 2002. Some time after the acquisition, William Grant & Sons moved the production of Gibson’s Whisky from the Schenley plant in Valleyfield, Quebec to the Hiram Walker Distillery in Windsor, Ontario.

You may read my full review by clicking on the following excerpt:

Review: Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky

“… The initial aroma is spicy with a firm oak presence. The breezes above the glass are filled with tobacco, rye, and (what I am going to term) clean firm oak spices. These dominant scents are accented by caramel, butterscotch and vanilla. Some dusty dry notes of freshly harvested grain, autumn cornstalks, and dry straw rise into those initial breezes as well …”

Please enjoy my review, and my suggested bar drink, The Old Fashioned Cocktail.

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2 Responses to “Review: Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky”

  1. Nice blog on Gibson’s Finest Rare 18 Years Old Canadian Whisky.
    I think you can try Dewars whisky which is on of the best whisky in the world.

    • I haven’t really had any contact with Dewars, so I suspect it will be a while before I review any of their family of Whiskies.

      Cheers!

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